One child is Sam Robbins, a powder monkey aboard HMS Victory, the ship in which Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson will die a hero's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The other is Molly Jennings, an English girl transplanted from London to the United States in 2006, fighting a battle of her own against loss and loneliness.
While there are obvious connections between these two characters, the more you read, the more you want to know just why their lives would be connected. In the end, while I suspected what was coming, no matter how impr...more
This extraordinary book tells the tale of two very similar children who are both going through a difficult time in their life. However the twist to this story is that they both live centuries apart. Two children cross an ocean, two hundred years apart. One is Sam Robbins, a farm boy who was kidnapped and forced to serve abroad H.M.S. Victory, the ship in which Lord Nelson will die a hero's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The other is Molly Jennings, a present-day...more
Meanwhile 100 years in to the future, an 11 year old girl is facing her own battles...more
One story follows the adventures and hardships of Sam, a young boy living in England in the early 1800's who is drafted into the British navy to fight against Napoleon. He serves aboard Admiral Nelson's famed ship, the HMS Victory.
The other story tells us about Molly,...more
I picked it up, mistaking this line, "Two lives across an ocean, two hundred years apart..." to mean it was an historically based time-travel romance. All the things I love best! The fact that it was not such a book should have disappointed me deeply, but seeing as I was charmed regardless, I know this is a worthy read.
History came alive. I was so captivated by the descriptions of life on board Lord Nelson's ship. So much so, that a tour of the HMS Victory has no...more
Story is told in two parts, one in the present day and one from the past.
Sam is only 11 when he is pressed into the British Navy. He is assigned to HMS Victory, the flagship in the British Navy. Admiral Horatio Nelson is his leader. Sam's life is difficult but he soon grows to love the sea and sailing. The story gives great detail about sailing during the early 1800s.
The other main character in the story is Molly, a modern day English girl who has been transplanted to th...more
Cooper holds the interest of contemporary readers by contrasting 11-year-old Molly in Connecticut in 2006, recently uprooted from her home in England, with Sam, uprooted from his hom...more
However, a fine book if you are hankering for more of a young boy sailing the high seas on a British warship. (This comment is for those who love the Jacky Faber books: you will be sailing on the Victory, Lord Nelson's flagship!). Historical details abound, such...more
This book is about a girl who has moved to america (after her mother re-marries) and she finds this book about Nelson in an old bookstore, she later finds a scrap of the 'hms victory's' flag in the front cover.The story switches between 2 points of view, molly's and sam's.
Sam was farm boy who was taken from his home a...more
Appx: 50,000 words; first person, past for Sam; third person, present for Molly
Molly is homesick and grieving her father. When she finds a book about Admiral Nelson, she begins to unravel the mystery of the book and her own grief. In contrast, Sam is pressed into service under the command of Admiral Nelson almost 200 years in the past. As the story unwinds, the reader is given clues that Molly is experiencing some of Sam's hardships. Ultimately,...more
"As I was reading Victory, I wondered if it was a book for history geeks like myself who have either had our own experiences connecting with figures from the past or desperately want one."
Excerpt from Original Content.
All in all, it’s not Cooper’s finest story, but it’s a nice, easy read nonetheless. Recommended to any young child (or adults who love to read children’s books for that matter) with an interest in the Napoleonic Wars.
Susan Cooper was born in 1935, and grew up in England's Buckinghamshire, an area that was green countryside then but has since become part of Greater London. As a child, she loved to read, as did her younger brother, who also became a writer. After attending Oxford, where she became the first woman to ever edit that university's newspap...more